In 2011 on a visit to New York I went walking through the Gowanus area of Brooklyn where there were many small industrial workshops intermingled with residential property. One of these was a steel workshop whose dim interior produced an overall impression of rust. I was fascinated not only by the people working there, who, having given me permission to photograph them, carried on working seemingly oblivious to my presence, but also by all the detritus lying around, in particular the Spiderman image, which dominated the scene, resembling a religious icon.
The Open Door
The Open Door is a charitable trust founded in 1984 to provide facilities and activities for adults with varying physical disabilities as a result of a stroke or road accidents, etc., such as motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, spina-bifida.
The images are part of a documentary, shot in 2012, which sought to portray, through the medium of photography, the motto of Open Door, which is “concentrate on the abilities not the disabilities”. The images were shot both digitally and on 35mm black and white film.
Grow Your Own
“Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden” – Orson Scott Card.
This body of work aims to provide a visual expression of the “Get Ireland Growing” initiative, using gardens and allotments in Dublin City and County. The project concentrates on the social aspects of these spaces.